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  • 28 Aug 2014 1:27 PM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

     
     
     

    August 2014
     
     
     
     
     

    Late Summer Newsletter and Fall Classes and Events

    Dear Friends,

    We hope you are having a pleasant summer and enjoying the Great Northwest.

    Recently, I've been interested in mindful responses to strong emotions. Maybe you've had some strong emotions recently? It happens to all of us and the great conceit (deceit?) of modern life is that we are all "fine" all the time.

    For me, I'm learning that I can ground myself in breath and body at moments of great distress; noticing the rising of emotions, alarm, and distress and giving myself some space to address the situation as best I can. Mindfulness training has so clearly helped me with this. It really is possible for us to learn to be less reactive. I've seen this in my teachers, colleagues, and myself. Over and over.

    I’ve also learned there's a shadow side to "chilling out" and staying calm. It can be dishonest.  

    If I simply don’t react, It can send a false impression about who I am and what I value. There is a need to learn how to say "OUCH!" with some clarity, to be clear about how things really impact us.

    Communication is essential in working with strong emotions; communicating as clearly as I can with myself (“noticing distress arising....") and finding appropriate and helpful ways to communicate with others ("I was really reactive to what you said...").

    This work of recognizing and working with our emotional states can have a huge effect on the body. A recent study by the Osher Center, a well respected integrative medicine center in San Francisco with an active, long-term mindfulness programs, offers some interesting insights.

    The study found that people who train in mindfulness react differently when they experience emotional distress. They still get upset, but the way one sees the stressor and reacts to it are vastly different. In seeing the effect of the emotional stress on the body - the heart racing, the palms sweating, the mind filled with scared or angry thoughts - we can take appropriate action to address our discomfort and communicate effectively.

    The study suggests that mindfulness training leads to a different relationship with difficult emotions; that not only do we perceive the experience differently (i.e., "this is just a strong emotion”), but mindfulness also leads to a much less severe stress reaction in the body as measured by physiological function. This study is well described in this article which includes a link to the actual research paper

    A funny thing about the “progress” we experience in dealing with our emotional lives: we don't necessarily recognize we are handling emotional experiences better or with less stress. It can be quite difficult to “look into the body and mind” and know that far less hormones are being released into the body than before in similar circumstances.


    Little by little we can find ways to respond that are healthier, more accurate, and more in line with our hope to live rich, fulfilling, and interconnected lives. Little by little. We hope you'll be able to join us for some of our classes, retreats and workshops this Fall to continue this process.

    yours,
    Tim Burnett
    Executive Director
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    Fall 2014 Seattle & Eastside Classes
     
    Retreats and Workshops
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Seattle, Central) - Monday Evenings 6:30pm - 9:00pm, September 22nd - November 10th, retreat day Saturday November 1st, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Instructor:  Jonas Batt. MA, LMHC [registration and info]

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings 7pm - 9pm, September 17th - November 5th, retreat day Saturday October 25th, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Instructor:  Jonas Batt. MA, LMHC [registration and info]

    Introduction to Mindfulness for the UW Medicine (Seattle) - Sunday Evenings
    6:00pm - 8:30pm, October 5th - November 2nd, extended session: Sunday October 26th, 1:00pm - 7:00pm.
    Fall Weekend Mindfulness Retreat
    Friday November 7th, 4pm - Sunday November 9th, 3pm. A residential weekend immersed in mindfulness practice. [registration and info]
    (Please see the notice below about supporting military veteran's to attend this retreat).

    Mindful at Work
    Monday October 6th, 9am - 4pm
    McCaw Hall, downtown Seattle
    Instructors: Lisa Hardmeyer Gray & Tim Burnett
    [registration and info]


    Mindful Leadership
    Monday October 20th, 9am - 4pm
    McCaw Hall, downtown Seattle
    Instructors: Lisa Hardmeyer Gray & Tim Burnett
    [registration and info]
    Fall 2014 Bellingham Classes
     
    New Classes!
    Compassion Cultivation Training
    Wednesday mornings 9:30 - 11:30, September 24th - November 12th
    [registration and info]

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community - Thursday mornings 9:30am - Noon, September 25th - November 13th, retreat day Saturday November 1st, 9:30am - 4:00pm
    [registration and info]

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Health Care Professionals- Thursday afternoons 4:00pm - 6:30pm, September 25th - November 13th, retreat day Saturday November 1st, 9:30am - 4:00pm
    Instructor:  Tim Burnett
    [registration and info]

    Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention - Wednesday afternoons 3pm - 4:45pm, October 1st - November 12th plus optional retreat day Saturday November 1st, 9:30am - 4:00pm
    InstructorsMark Lazich, MS, LMHC, and Heather Cochran, MA MEd
    [registration and info]


    We are excited to offer two new classes in Bellingham this Fall:

    Compassion Cultivation Training,Developed at Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, CCT is an 8-week class designed to develop qualities of compassion, altruism, and to enhance inter-personal understanding. The class includes a series of meditation practices, information on the science and psychology of mindfulness, and activities to explore the powerful quality of compassion. This class is a great addition to previous mindfulness training or a wonderful place to start. 

    Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
    Join therapist and Mindfulness Northwest guest teacher Mark Lazich and Assistant Director Heather Cochran at a course designed for those in recovery. Based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, the MBRP class offers a small group setting to increase awareness of triggers, habitual patterns, and automatic reactions. These practices cultivate the ability to pause, observe present experience, and bring awareness to the range of choices before us in each moment.
    FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR VETS
    Did you know many military veterans in our region are training in mindfulness as a way to recover from the trauma of war? An active program at the Puget Sound Veterans' Administration has been offering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to vets for several years. The extensive and growing research is exceptionally promising and conversations with vets make clear the simple power of the practice.

    We invite veterans to attend our weekend retreats to deepen and support their practice. Typically 6-10 vets are able to do so. Participants find our weekend retreat a powerful opportunity to deepen their practice and also connect with others in the mindfulness community.

    Unfortunately most military veterans face serious economic challenges and are not able to afford registration fees. To make this weekend retreat accessible, Mindfulness Northwest offers scholarships. 

    Please help us to offer these scholarships by clicking the following link for the
    Supporting Military Veterans to Practice Mindfulness donations page.
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    AFFILIATED CLASSES
    Taught by Mindfulness Northwest Staff at other sites

    Classes at Samaritan Center (NE Seattle)
     
    Class in Federal Way
    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Samaritan Center (564 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA 98115)

    Free Orientation Session- recommended as preparation for any mindfulness class.
    Wednesday September 3rd, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    MBSR Classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings:
    Mondays September 22 - November 10th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm, retreat on November 1st, with Lisa Hardmeyer Gray

    Tuesdays September 16 - November 4th, 6pm: 8:30pm, retreat on October 25th., with Kurt Hoelting

    Registration info at the Samaritan Websiteor call 206-527-2266
    Thursday Evenings in Federal Way

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Janice Sack-Ory

    Thursdays, October 2 - November 20 from 6:30 - 8:30PM, Day of Retreat Saturday, November 15 from 9AM - 4PM.

    All sessions held Federal Way Community Center. Register through the Federal Way Community Center Online (enter code 45398, course is listed under "Health & Fitness". Scroll to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction on page 2) or by calling 253-835-6924.


  • 12 Jul 2014 12:31 PM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    Our new website includes many useful features for everyone:

    • improved event registration system
    • interactive discussion boards under Community - ask questions, suggest resources, have fun, build community.
    • More organized lists of resources (poetry, articles, recordings, videos recommended) and the cool thing is site visitors can suggest their own in the discussion boards
    • We're working on adding more resources, you'll find a few blank pages for now!
    And much more, enjoy!

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